Mosquitoes Carrying The West Nile Virus Could Be Deadly (WATCH OUT)

09 Julio, 2018, 18:58 | Author: Earnest Bishop

A mosquito pool (batch of mosquitoes) sampled on June 28 in Highland Park, Illinois has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry WNV, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

Remove standing water in and around homes, including in trash cans, toys, tires, flower pots and any other containers so mosquitoes can't lay their eggs.

"We're trying to look at all types of mosquitoes out there", said Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) regional medical director for South Texas Dr. Emilie Prot.

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They add that no humans have tested positive for the virus.

Over 20 states have confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in 2018, 10 of which are from human cases. The program also monitors reports of dead birds (an early sign of the presence of the virus) and investigates areas of stagnant water for the presence of mosquito larvae, specifically from the Culex mosquito, which is the primary carrier of West Nile in IL.

The department says most people who are bitten do not get sick and the people who do usually suffer a mild flu-like illness.

In order to test for West Nile virus, the mosquitoes must be alive. Not everyone infected with West Nile Virus will become ill. In some individuals, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Neil Schader says PA residents can take steps to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus.


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